I am reposting my favorite Martin Luther King, Jr., videos from last year. YouTube’s new settings force you to watch certain videos directly from their YouTube site; my first video now requires this.
When I watch these three videos, I am reminded of the optimism our country felt and embraced the day President Barack Obama gave his speech of hope and vision for the future of our country. We are blessed for those who continue to carry this belief and outlook on their shoulders.
But I wish I could banish the cynicism many individuals of our nation continue to harbor for the President of the United States and for the future of our country. I wish I could remind the citizens, who have since lost faith, of their hope so fiercely felt on inauguration night, January 20th, 2009. I guess that is the optimist staying tough in me and my worldly naivety questioning why some individuals thrive on promoting negativity, most of it make-believe, all of it unhealthy, unhelpful, and annoying.
We must continue to hope for greatness. We must all do good in our own way possible to better ourselves. We must believe in our President to guide us in the direction of peace and civility and prosperity. We as People of the United States can heal this nation. Yes, we can. But we must have faith. We must know it will not happen in four years, or eight. And we should understand the colossal responsibility and difficult decisions President Obama is enduring.
Is there another soul in the world that holds the answers and solutions to the United States’ obstacles and crises and emergencies and hopelessness and grasps the gumption to fix them? If so, I sure wish to heck he or she would get his or her ass up and make some productive noise. And, no, McCain and Palin are not options. Sorry. Oprah maybe. But she’s got other inspiring things to do.
In all seriousness, I am not voicing a preference of Democrats over Republicans. History is witness to many great leaders of both. But it is my strong belief that we should give the President of the United States the respect he deserves. It is he who holds the highest of honorable positions, a job with huge responsibility, unwavering dedication, and a crystal clear vision of our future. President Obama needs immense support from all men and women, donkey or elephant or otherwise, one Nation, under God.
I find it most heartbreaking when I hear voices of individuals who believe that the United States, under the leadership of President Obama, is headed in the wrong direction. And I find it disturbing when those individuals choose to live their lives in pessimism. How can we succeed in great measures and fulfill our strongest and largest expectations possible if our hope fades away, our dreams become despair, and our beliefs remain divided?
My dream for the future is that the People of the United States understand that it is you who must change your country, that the attitude for change is resting in your hands. Our president is working his wonder in the best humanly way possible. It is you who must believe and continue to have faith that over time we will succeed and heal as a nation. We must have hope. We must unite. And we must honestly acknowledge that we, as citizens of this country, are responsible for making it all possible. We have come so, so far. Just hang on for a little while longer, perhaps the rest of your life.
My words are meant to inspire the mind. They are not overnight solutions to heartache, poverty, wars, disease, racism, healthcare, and paranoid, narrow-minded Facebook “preachers” and pages who believe we are doing it all wrong, religiously and politically.
My words are the eye-opening alarm clock shouting the personality characteristics known as positivity and optimism.
“Any man or woman who neglects to maintain inward vigilance, and only makes an outward show of holiness in dress, speech, and behavior, is a wretched creature. For they watch the doings of other people and criticize their faults, imagining themselves to be something when in reality they are nothing. In this way they deceive themselves. Be careful to avoid this, and devote yourself inwardly to His likeness by humility, charity, and other spiritual virtues. In this way you will be truly converted to God.” ~ Walter Hilton
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi